Rainer Werner Fassbinder

The BRD Trilogy

The BRD Trilogy

In 1977, German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder was thirty-two years old and had already directed more than twenty-five feature films. That summer, he embarked on a project to trace the postwar history of West Germany in a series of films told from the perspectives of three remarkable women. Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun, Veronika Voss, and LolaThe BRD Trilogy, which takes its title from the Bundesrepublik Deutschland—would garner him his greatest commercial success, both at home and abroad, and cement his position as one of the foremost figures of the New German Cinema.

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  • Spine #203

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Released Jul 9, 2019

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The BRD Trilogy

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restorations of The Marriage of Maria Braun and Lola, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • High-definition digital restoration of Veronika Voss, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentaries from 2003 featuring filmmaker Wim Wenders and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (The Marriage of Maria Braun), film critic and author Tony Rayns (Veronika Voss), and film scholar Christian Braad Thomsen (Lola)
  • Interviews from 2003 with actors Hanna Schygulla, Rosel Zech, and Barbara Sukowa
  • Interviews from 2003 with cinematographer Xaver Schwarzenberger, screenwriter Peter Märthesheimer, and film scholar Eric Rentschler
  • Life Stories: A Conversation with R. W. Fassbinder, an interview filmed for German television in 1978
  • I Don’t Just Want You to Love Me, a feature-length 1992 documentary on director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s life and career
  • Dance with Death, a program from 2000 about Ufa studios star Sybille Schmitz, Fassbinder’s inspiration for the character Veronika Voss
  • Conversation from 2003 between author and curator Laurence Kardish and film editor Juliane Lorenz
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Kent Jones and production histories by author Michael Töteberg (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

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